That’s right, it looks as though Warner are keen to tap into the teenage market by drawing up a casting shortlist full of Hollywood hearththrobs! At present, the shortlist to play Kaneda is made up of Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine and Justin Timberlake. In the original film, Kaneda was the brave, charismatic gang leader whose continual heroism became a growing source of consternation to his friend Tetsuo.
Of the options mentioned above, we’d probably plump for Chris Pine as the closest fit to the original character. He’s got the requisite rebellious streak, and has certainly got the action chops for the role. Fassbender is probably the most actorly of the bunch, but he seems the wildcard on the list, and we’d expect Warner to go with one of the more clean-cut options.
As for Tetsuo, well he has now become “Travis”, and the reported options there are thought to be Zac Efron, Andrew Garfield, Robert Pattinson and James McAvoy. Our pick would be Garfield, but it would be interesting to see how Pattinson would cope with becoming a grotesque, amorphous monster as is the fate of his counterpart in the original.
Whether or not Timberlake and Pattinson are your cup of tea, they will certainly precipitate a significant amount of tweaking to the original characters, not least because they might struggle to pass for teenagers…